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Faculty & Staff Crier E-Newsletter
Announcements for the weeks of Aug. 25 and Sept. 1

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

PresidentDiPasqualeI know there are still a few more days of summer vacation, but I hope you will join us for the annual Opening Day Convocation planned for 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. It has been a busy summer and I know we are all eager to catch up with one another. We will begin with breakfast in the Great Hall and then move into the Bobby Hackett Theater, where we will officially kick off our 50th anniversary celebration. We have a few surprises in store for this year's Opening Day ceremony.

We still are looking for your help to tell the story of the first 50 years of Rhode Island's only community college. Please submit a story, a memory or your thoughts about what CCRI has meant to you. It could be a funny anecdote, a memorable moment or a story about a favorite class or an individual who changed your life. Whatever your connection is, we hope you'll be willing to share why CCRI is important and meaningful to you. These will be shared on our 50th anniversary website throughout this milestone year.

I know that many of you also look forward to reading about the news of academic and professional summer accomplishments from faculty and staff. If you think your summer activity is something that would interest others, please email a summary to by Wednesday, Aug. 27. I will share them on my website at the start of the fall semester. Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday.

A message from the Department of Marketing and Communications

In an effort to improve the overall readership and effectiveness of Crier, we ask that you now limit submissions to 200 words or fewer. Our goal is to provide readers with timely and valuable information in a clear and concise format. There are a number of updates in each edition of Crier and, out of respect for your colleagues who also have submitted information, we are implementing this limit in an effort to decrease the amount of time it takes to read Crier. Additionally, we encourage all departments to keep their CCRI Web pages up to date and provide links to supplement their submissions. Links provide a call to action and give people the option to read more, therefore making extraneous information in the Crier unnecessary.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

A message from David Snow, interim director of the Physical Plant

In July, CCRI launched a new work order system called MaintenanceDirect by SchoolDude. This system provides CCRI with enhanced capabilities for managing facilities work orders; improved tracking capabilities for CCRI employees to enter and track work orders; and improved preventative maintenance scheduling for the Physical Plant team.

If you have not already done so, please register for the new system. Log in using your CCRI username and password. Once you log in, you can view a tutorial or watch a video to learn more about the system and how to submit work order requests.

Links to information also can be found on the Faculty and Staff and Director of Administration Web pages.

If you experience any difficulties with the new system, please contact me at or by phone at 401-333-7155.

A message from the Controller's Office

The in-state travel policy has been revised effective June 1. You can find further information on the controller's website. Please note that the deadline to submit a reimbursement request has changed. Also, direct deposit is now available for travel reimbursement.

PanAm Travel is the new travel agency for out-of-state travel. Visit the website for the most recent out-of-state travel policy information.

In FY15, we will be introducing a new procedure for requesting travel authorization and reimbursement. We are moving to electronic submission. More information will follow.

A thank-you to my colleagues

I want to thank my friends and co-workers on their kindness, prayers and condolences on the passing of my father, Giuseppe Rossi, on July 14.

-- Stephanie Curtin

Thank you to friends and colleagues

I wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you to my friends and colleagues for your kindness. Though I look forward to this next chapter in my life, I will miss the camaraderie we have shared over the years. My very best wishes to all of you.

-- Jo-Ann Leroux

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New Announcements

State payroll to go paperless

In an effort to streamline the payroll system, the State of Rhode Island is announcing that Paystub RI soon will be available to state employees. Paystub RI is a Web-based tool that allows state employees with direct deposit to securely access their payroll information online and will move us away from paper paystubs. Effective Oct. 10, you will no longer receive paystubs in the mail.

You should have received some general information in your Aug. 15 paycheck. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Anyone with any questions should contact 401-825-2180.

Fall Classic Golf Tournament

fallclassicThe Community College of Rhode Island will hold its 20th Annual CCRI Fall Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 15, at Alpine Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will provide book awards and tuition scholarships to assist students. The tournament will include celebrity guests, great food and refreshments, high-quality prizes and a golfer gift. Register online today.

CITLA announces 2014-15 book clubs

There was a terrific response to a survey sent out by CITLA for the fall 2014 book club discussions. The top choices were "Brain Rules" by John Medina and "Student Engagement Techniques: a Handbook for College Faculty" by Elizabeth F. Barkley. Both books will be read in the fall.

Many were also interested in "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student" by Rebekah Nathan and "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck. Those two choices will be read in spring 2015. Watch for a notice about when and where discussions will be held.

Common Reading Project selection

TwelveYearsaSlaveThe English Department has announced that its Common Reading Project selection for the 2014-15 academic year will be "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup.

Most recently made famous by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, the text is one of many slave narratives that unflinchingly tell the story of African and African-American slaves in the antebellum South. The narrative, written in 1853, tells the story of Northup, who was born a free black man in New York.

The CCRI community is encouraged to participate by reading this selection. Learn more.

Alumni Association seeking nominations

The CCRI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for awards to be presented at its Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years event. There will be 25 awards in total, one from each academic department and one from each of the following categories:

  • Health and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Business, Science and Technology
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Awards will be presented to CCRI graduates who have been active as community leaders, attained personal and professional success and have brought honor upon themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. Submit a nomination no later than Oct. 31.

Soccer teams to play in Lincoln

soccerThe following varsity soccer home matches are scheduled:

Women's soccer

  • Noon, Saturday, Aug. 30, vs. Burlington County College
  • Noon, Sunday, Sept. 7, vs. Essex County College

Men's soccer

  • 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, vs. ASA College
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, vs. Essex County College

All home games are played at the CCRI soccer complex located on the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Career and Internship Office to host Internship Fair

CCRI's Career and Internship Office will host an Internship Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liston Campus in Providence. The fair will feature more than 20 local agencies and companies. Those attending should dress professionally and bring their résumé.

Anyone with any questions or who would like more information should contact the Career and Internship Office at 401-455-6151.

CCRI Alex and Ani bangle available

alexandaniIn honor of the Community College of Rhode Island's 50th year, the CCRI Alumni Association has partnered with Alex and Ani to create the first-ever community college signature patented expandable wire charm bangle, made in America with love.

Proceeds from the sale of the CCRI charm bangles, which feature the college's seal, will provide financial assistance for students through Alumni Association scholarships and book awards. Bangles are available at all four CCRI Bookstore locations and on the Bookstore website.

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Events This Week

Opening Day Convocation

Soccer teams to play in Lincoln

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

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Last Updated: 8/27/14